Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically, which we share with Chickens, Cats, Guinea Pigs and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I work as an environmental educator, lecturer, writer and Forest School leader at Moors Wood . I am a Master Composter and have spent the last 11 years as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council. I offer talks and run workshops and events where we talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. We also make crafts and have fun.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun. To learn more about us click on the About Compostwoman tab and remember to click on the photos to make them full size!

Monday, 16 June 2008

Lessons from a scythe master...and compostgirl meets an Elephant!

On Saturday I was doing my compostwoman bit at "the Garden Festival" at Hellens manor -a beautiful place indeed

One of the very interesting talks was given by an expert in scything and hurdle making, Martin Kibblewhite.

He demonstrated how to cut long grass with an English scythe...leaving the area looking like a lawn mower had been used....

An amazing talk from a very skilled man!

And then compostgirl discovered an Elephant in the woods!!


  1. Incredible! That scythe must have be so sharp!

  2. It WAS! He kept stopping to sharpen it some more, which is the secret of success with a scythe...( that , and years of practice and skill....)

    we can cut stuff down with ours...( see past post for pics...) but NOT like that!!


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